Wednesday, January 6, 2010
It's About Time
After what seemed like an almost eternal off-season, the 2010 PGA Tour Season kicks off this weekend at the Kapalua Plantation Course for the SBS Championship. Normally, this would only be kind of a big deal, but this season is going to be very different. The FedEx Cup for best golfer of the year is seemingly up for grabs with Tiger Woods taking an indefinite leave from the tour to work on his "infidelities". By the way, here is an interesting report my uncle sent me about what may have happened on Thanksgiving night. Anywho, with Tiger out of the way, you can bet that the SBS Championship might be significant in determining this year's FedEx Cup champ. Let's take a look at who could win this weekend in Kapalua, and who could take the Fed Ex Cup with Tiger out.
The SBS Championship, formerly the Mercedes Benz Championship is played at Kapalua's Plantation Course in Hawaii. At over 7,400 yards and a par of 73, it favors the long hitters and some of the past winners have been Tiger Woods, Fat Phil, Geoff Ogilvy, Ernie Els and Stuart Appleby. In order to win at Kapalua, players are going to have to take advantage of the par 5's on the course. In that regard, I like guys like Nick Watney, Jonathan Byrd, Mark Wilson and Steve Stricker to strut their stuff at Kapalua this weekend. As far as past winners go, don't be surprised to see Phil, Vijay Singh or Stuart Appleby atop the leaderboard on Sunday either. Especially Appleby, who is a 3-time champ at Kapalua and just knows how to play the course. With a win at Kapalua this weekend, any of these guys would be off to a great start to dethroning Tiger as Fed Ex Cup champ.
We have no idea when Tiger is going to return, but it is very likely that when he does return he could easily win the Fed Ex Cup again. If not though, here are some guys I think could nab it in 2010;
FAT Phil- This is Fat Phil's chance and he knows it. With Tiger out of the way, he is the clear favorite to dominate this year. I would imagine that he is going to do everything he can to win every tournament this year. Look out for Phil.
Steve Stricker- Stricker is Tiger's boy, but you can bet that he will jump at the chance to win tournaments with Tiger out. Stricker is one of the best all around golfers in this generation, especially around the green and in bunkers. He is very technically sound and just gets it done. Look for him to have a great year.
Stewie Cink- Unfortunately, Stewie Cink will always be known as the asshole that took the 2009 British Open Trophy from Tom Watson. He has been a fan favorite however, and a great golfer at that. He has hovered in the top 10 for a while now, and this year could be his year to take over.
Hunter Mahan- I have been impressed with Hunter Mahan every time I have watched him. He might not be consistent enough to be the #1 golfer in the world, but if he can get on a hot streak watch out. I agree Hunter, hold the mayo.
Jim Furyk- Furyk is a robot who seems content with being in the top 5 every year, but he is certainly capable of taking over the #1 spot. What is unsure though is if he is capable of showing any emotion.
Zach Johnson- ZJ is the kind of guy that could be at the top this year because he plays in just about every tournament there is. If he could string together a few wins at some of the lesser known tournaments as well as one or two big wins, boom, he is #1. He still won't know what a ZJ is though, or be able to afford it.
While we freeze our tails off up here in the northeast, let's sit back and watch some golf live from the tropical paradise of Hawaii. We can dream of warmer weather and the arrival of the golf season in about 4 months. Also, if anyone wants to hang out in New Haven, let's party.